Things to be Thankful for – Develop an Attitude of Gratitude!

By , November 21, 2012 6:00 pm

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

~ Brain Tracy

Being in the USA around Thanksgiving has taught me a lot about the importance of taking time for reflection and gratitude for the people (and animals) in your life, for what you have, for what you do and for the beauty that surrounds you.

How often do you do this in your life?

You know, appreciation is not just an annual event. It is a conscious state of mind and the more gratitude we have the more we receive. It’s a Universal Law!

Test it out for yourself, you’ll be surprised!

Showing appreciation is such a simple thing to do and can mean so much to the person on the receiving end. Appreciation is such an important motivator for us yet in the hustle and bustle of busy life we forget to pause to take a moment to be grateful and communicate our appreciation for those around us.

It isn’t about promotions and pay rises – these are extrinsic and soon forgotten. Appreciation is about demonstrating that you care. Make it a regular practice, as you go through your daily life.

Here’s what gratitude is all about…

If you look back through your life it’s those people who believed in you, made you feel special, or have helped you grow and learn.

Mrs. May, my primary school Headmistress was my first role model. She touched my life briefly for 4 years, when I was 5 – 9 years old. She genuinely cared for her pupils and made us feel appreciated and special from day one. She only touched my life briefly, but in those moments she gave me confidence to navigate through my primary school years. I will never forget her.

Why not make appreciation a habit?

Having a daily ritual of reflection is a great way to create a habit of appreciation. My coach taught me this:

Every evening before I go to bed I write down at least 5 things: These are people, things, animals or experiences that I am grateful for. I stop to pause and be thankful for how each one touched my life that day and how they have enriched my life.

This practice reminds me to communicate my genuine appreciation to others by sending an email, a card, some flowers, making a donation or taking time to phone someone to say thank you.

It’s a great habit to practice each day!

Take a moment today to consider what you are grateful for. As Albert Schweitzer says, it’s all about lighting the flame within us and sharing its warmth. We can help and support each other EVERY day…

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. 

~ Albert Schweitzer 

 

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